Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians website.

Every January, we pack into gyms and health food outlets in pursuit of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, live healthier or start a fitness routine.

But a month later, many of us have given up, scaled back or ditched the yoga mat for the familiar comfort of our living room couch.

We all have a million reasons for slipping up: work, family, a bum knee or the new season of your favorite TV show. Old habits die hard, and kick-starting a new routine isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

But there are strategies and tactics you can use to maximize your potential for long-term success. Here to help is Dr. Michael Miller, a University of Minnesota Physicians psychologist and an expert in behavioral change.

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